Books a Million to be replaced by Mrs. Greens Natural Food Store in Dupont?

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11 Dupont Circle, NW

Some incredibly big scuttlebutt was reported by Elevation DC earlier this week:

“The store’s website [Mrs. Greens natural food store] had (now removed) a “Coming Soon” page for a Dupont Circle location at 11 Dupont Circle NW, the office building on the circle’s northwest corner, with a retail component (where there’s currently a Books-A-Million) on the ground floor. That building was put on the market in May, and the retail space was put on the market around the same time.”

Mrs Greens website says:

“Mrs. Green’s Natural Market is a neighborhood store, passionately committed to clean, natural foods. Dedicated to health and sustainability. Devoted to customers who care deeply about the foods they eat.”

Back in January 2012 I wondered about the long term future of this Books a Million.

Which would you rather have in this location Books a Million or Mrs. Greens?

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  • That’s a toughie. I tend to spend my discretionary income on shoes, books, music, and organic food — with the priority depending on the circumstances, so I’d be happy with either. In that neighborhood though, I think that
    Mrs. Greens would be a better bet. I usually walk by Books a Million, pausing to miss Crown Books and thinking longingly of Olsson’s on my way to Kramerbooks which actually gets my cash. I’d love a place to pick up drinks and snacks or light groceries in that location, though, so Mrs. Greens would get my vote.

  • Man, it bothers me when people use the word “natural” like it means something.

  • I do like walking around book stores (primarily used ones) but 98% of my book shopping is done on Amazon Prime (Kindle or used). It really is just so much easier.

  • Considering half of the Books-A-Million space is novelty items and the books they actually sell are essentially mass market, NYT best-sellers, top 40, etc (aka Airport Bookstore) books AND Krammerbooks is just around the corner, and although smaller has a vastly superior selection of books, I don’t see this as a loss.

    • Agreed–I hope those who now shop at books a million would instead head to Kramerbooks, one of the last great bookstores in the District.

  • There’s Glen’s Garden Market about a half mile away north, a Whole Foods another half mile east, and a family grocery store about a quarter mile west from this location. I don’t doubt this would do good business, but I’m not sure they will be able to offer a different (cheaper) price point than these other close-by locations. I presume there wouldn’t be parking attached to it either, which might be an issue for some.

    • You’ll find that DC is in the process of re-discovering exactly what “close-by” can mean. Every time a new grocer or food store opens, people say, “but there’s a ____ not far away!” And yet…they open, and they prosper. DC is coming out of a time when it was drastically underserved by food stores, and it still has a long way to go to infill the gaps.

    • You’re thinking like a car driver. A half a mile is nothing in a car, but walking six or seven blocks with a load of groceries is a pain.

      Plus, you only list stores north and east, which is telling. Until you reach Georgetown and Foggy Bottom, the only grocery store west of Connecticut is the rinky drink Metro Market at 22 and P. This new place would service a lot more people think.

      Now if we could get a grocery store to service the residents of Sheridan-Kalorama, which is essentially a food desert as a neighborhood.

  • For better or for worse, I’m shocked Books-A-Million has lasted as long as it has. I go in there once or twice a month, mainly to check out their pretty good news stand. It’s a huge retail space and I always feel very, very lonely. A Mrs. Greens would be very welcome, particularly if they can provide stuff the Soviet Safeway lacks, like fresh bread and a decent deli counter.

  • Frankie James

    I am afraid books will ultimately go the way of newspapers and I guess they should. Are there any good bookstores left in DC?

    I once had a huge library of my own. Over time so to take back more space in my home, I realized I was not going to re-read most of my books again so I have basically started to just give them away.

    What kind of world will it be with no books?

  • What’s a bookstore. Think I read about those in my ancient history 101 class.

  • I will really miss having a good book store around. We have lots of food stores in the hood.

  • Every single time I went in there and actually wanted to buy something, there was never a cashier around.

  • Mrs. Green’s…awesome!

  • I’ve rediscovered the public library. You can search the catalog and ask for holds to be held at the branch of your choice. And it saves $$.

  • Boo.ks-a-Million senior management is devoted to a conservative christian theology. Their book selection often looks as if it was the work of Rush Limbaugh. I’ll take Mrs. Green’s

  • Crappy book store or another place selling the same old overpriced food? These are the choices? Things really suck in terms of DC retail.

  • It depends on how comprehensive the selection at Mrs. Green’s is and what their price point is. When I lived in Dupont, I would have given my kingdom for a conveniently located, not exorbitantly priced grocery store to save me the hike to the Soviet Safeway. If this is at a lower price point (and it would be hard not to be,) I think it will do much better business than Glen’s.

  • I haven’t done terribly substantive shopping at Glen’s, though they do have lovely things for noshing. Hopefully with the shutdown of this BAM location, people will flock to our public libraries. The BAM location is primo real estate, it’s very surprising it’s lasted as long as it has.

  • I’d have preferred that the oh-so-dated behemoth be torn down….but aside from that, I think the grocer would do better.

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